SURE House Wins Solar Decathlon 2015

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Its official: the Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE has won the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon! 

For those of you who haven't heard, the SURE HOUSE team has just returned from a whirlwind 4 week exhibition in Irvine, CA where we went head to head with some of the best sustainable-design teams from around the country. Our time in Southern California was marked by lots of setbacks, lots of successes, and more than one or two burritos as well. In the end, we were able to beat out the competition and take home the top prize overall thanks to first place scores in Architecture, Engineering, Commuting, Market Appeal, Communications, Appliances and Home-Life: an unprecedented 7 first place awards all together.

On behalf of the student team, I just want to say thank you to everyone at Stevens Institute; the faculty, staff and administration, for making this project possible and for all your incredible support throughout the long and difficult process. We hope that this project is only a foreshadowing of the exciting work yet to come out of Stevens focused on sustainable buildings, energy-use and resiliency. 

 I'd also like to thank all of our amazing sponsors, partners and contractors. Whether you contributed your products, your time, your expertise or the much needed financial support - your participation was critical to the success of the SURE HOUSE project and we can't thank you enough. We hope that we've made you proud to be part of the team and we sincerely appreciate everything you do for us. 

And last, I'd personally like to thank all the students and faculty from over the past 2 years for your dedication, incredible hard work and maturity through a very hard project. You should feel very proud of what you have designed and built and how well you carried yourselves throughout. Your energy, excitement and camaraderie were a constant source of inspiration to me throughout the the time we've worked together, and so thank you all so much.

So.... huge congratulations all around, and now onto the next challenge...

Ed May
Project Manager